AMERSFOORT, THE NETHERLANDS — IQI Trusted Petfood Ingredients announced the appointment of Lennard Smit to chief financial officer and chief operating officer on June 1. Smit assumed his new positions effective May 1.

With 20 years of experience in the human food industry, Smit will be responsible for IQI’s finances, IT, operations and human resources sectors. Prior to IQI, Smit held several supply chain and finance positions at Leerdammer, Kerry Bio-Science and Westland Cheese, where he also served as chief financial officer.

“I’m excited to start working at IQI and I look forward to a new challenge in the exciting world of pet food that is totally new to me,” Smit said.

At IQI, Smit will provide strategic direction to increase the company’s value to pet food companies. According to IQI, the new appointment furthers its plans to expand its presence in Europe and North America.  

“A very warm welcome to Lennard who joins us in a time of strong growth,” said Mark Oostendorp, chief executive officer of IQI. “I look forward to teaming up with Lennard for accelerating our growth. His strong experience in both finance and supply chain management are very valuable in these times of sourcing and supply chain challenges.”

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